The Best Black Friday Guides, and the 'Nasty Surprises'

Top primers on top deals
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2018 10:44 AM CST
People get shopping carts on Black Friday at a Target store in Plainville, Mass., on Friday.   (Mark Stockwell/The Sun Chronicle via AP)

(Newser) – It's Black Friday, and if you didn't get a jump on your holiday shopping on Thanksgiving itself (or even if you did), there are more deals waiting for you today. The New York Times sums up what products make sense to shop for (video games, "smart" home gadgets, headphones) and what to avoid (large kitchen appliances, outdoor gear), both online and at the bricks-and-mortars. It even provides a cheat sheet to help you streamline your post-Turkey Day spree. And it is important to be organized about this. "Come into Black Friday with a list," says Alex Roth of the Times' Wirecutter product review site. "Don't just buy things and figure you can return them later, because the holiday return lines are horrible." Here, a meta "guide to the guides of Black Friday":

  • Big-name deals: Certain retailers rule the Black Friday roost, and Money has the best deals from the biggest vendors, including Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy. The latter, for example, is offering a 58-inch Westinghouse smart TV for $250 (regularly $400), while Target's got a KitchenAid 5-quart mixer for $220 (a $230 savings) and Beats by Dre Solo3 wireless headphones for $180 instead of the usual $300.
  • Smaller-name deals: On the flip side, BuzzFeed covers the big price savings you can stumble on at stores you maybe never heard of—and it's got nearly 60 of them to choose from. Foxybae and Mother may not be household names, for example, but it's where you'll find hair care items like straightening brushes and curling wands for 60% off, or clothing for 70% off, respectively.

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